PRINCE, Oliver Hillhouse, (1787 - 1837)

Senate Years of Service: 1828-1829
Party: Jacksonian

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

PRINCE, Oliver Hillhouse, a Senator from Georgia; born in Montville, Conn., in 1787; completed preparatory studies; moved to Georgia in 1796 with his parents, who settled in Washington, Wilkes County; engaged in newspaper work; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1806 and commenced practice in Macon, Ga.; one of the five commissioners who laid out the town of Macon in 1824; member, State senate 1824; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas W. Cobb and served from November 7, 1828, to March 3, 1829; author and editor; presided over the first railroad convention in Georgia and was one of the first stockholders and directors of the Georgia Railroad Co.; abandoned the practice of law to become editor of the Georgia Journal in 1830; retired to Athens, Ga., in 1835; perished in the wreck of the packet ship Home near Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., October 9, 1837, and the remains were never recovered.


Mellichamp, Josephine. “Senator Oliver Prince.” In Senators From Georgia. pp. 105-6. Huntsville, Ala.: Strode Publishers, 1976; Nirenstein, Virginia King. With Kindly Voices: A Nineteenth Century Georgia Family. Macon, Ga.: Tullous Books, 1984.